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Monumental feat: Wizards, Caps end month undefeated at Verizon Center

Monumental feat: Wizards, Caps end month undefeated at Verizon Center

By beating the New York Knicks 117-101 on Tuesday night, the Wizards extended their home winning streak to an impressive 15 games. That's the second-longest home streak in franchise history and the longest since 1989.

But it's not just them who have been holding down the fort in Washington, D.C. Their Verizon Center roommates, the NHL's Capitals, also have a home winning streak of their own. They haven't lost at home in seven games.

Combine the two and the Wizards and Capitals have gone undefeated through one full month of 2017. The Wizards went 7-0 and the Capitals went 7-0-0. That has to make Ted Leonsis and his ownership group some very happy people.

Let's take a closer look at what the Wizards have accomplished. Below are some notes and numbers to put this amazing run in perspective:

*15 straight is the second-longest home streak in Wizards/Bullets franchise history. The last team to win 15 in a row was the 1988-89 Bullets. That streak ended on April 7, 1989. Interestingly enough, that team didn't make the playoffs.

*The longest home streak in franchise history is 22 straight wins. That was accomplished by the 1974-75 Bullets, the first year they were known as the 'Washington Bullets.' That team went on to win a franchise-best 60 games overall and lose in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors.

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*Speaking of the Warriors, only Golden State and the Cleveland Cavaliers have more home wins (21) this season than the Wizards who have 20. Washington is 20-6 at the Verizon Center this season. The Wizards finished January with 12 wins overall, tied for the most among all teams for the month with... you guessed it, the Warriors.

*Washington is also second to only the Warriors this season in field goal percentage at home. The Wizards shoot 49.2 percent, while the Warriors shoot 52 percent. Ranking favorably in shooting percentage with a team featuring all-time great shooters like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant is no small feat.

*The Wizards' 15 straight wins at home is the longest active streak in the NBA. The second-longest active streak is six wins, held by the Miami Heat. Three teams have won nine in a row at some point this season: the Spurs, Cavs and Warriors.

*The Wizards' last lost at home on Dec. 6, 124-116 to the Orlando Magic. They have not lost at the Verizon Center in 57 days. 

*The Wizards' franchise record of 22 games is 30th all-time among NBA teams. They have a long way to go to get within reach of NBA history. For instance, if they win their next game at home and extend the streak to 16, that would put them just inside the top 100 home streaks in NBA history.

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*The NBA record for consecutive wins at home is held by the 2015-16 Warriors who won 54 straight. The 2015-16 Spurs are second with 48 consecutive home wins.

Here is the top 10:

Via Basketball Reference

That's a lot of impressive stats. We'll see if the Wizards can add to the list. Next up is the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday at the Verizon Center. Here are the next seven home games of theirs, keeping that 22-game record in mind:

Feb. 2 vs. L.A. Lakers
Feb. 4 vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Feb. 6 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Feb. 10 vs. Indiana Pacers
Feb. 13 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Feb. 26 vs. Utah Jazz
Feb. 28 vs. Golden State Warriors

That's a tough group of teams. But the Wizards have made it this far, why stop now?

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Wizards vs. Sixers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Sixers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick and the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:


Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 7 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Another test

The Wizards continue their difficult stretch coming out of the All-Star break against a very dangerous Sixers team. Philly has proven to be very streaky this season, but right now they are rolling. They come to Washington having won their last seven games dating back to Feb. 6 when they beat the Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center. The Wizards are also playing well, having won eight of their last 11, despite their loss to the Hornets on Friday.

The Sixers are currently seventh in the East and appear on track to make the playoffs. If they keep rising the standings, they could meet the Wizards, who are currently fourth, in the first round. 


Season series

Speaking of the playoffs, this game could end up looming large for postseason seeding. The Sixers have won two of the three matchups between these teams this year. If they win on Sunday, they will take the season series and own the tiebreaker over Washington.

If the two teams tie head-to-head and end up with the same record at the end of the season, it will then come down to conference record. The Sixers currently have a better record against East teams than the Wizards. But if they can beat Philly this time, the Wizards will have a chance to secure the conference tiebreaker down the stretch of this season.


Sixers are tough to guard

The Wizards have found out the hard way this season just how difficult it can be to match up with the Sixers, who are led by two emerging stars in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Embiid is 7-foot-1 with rare abilities to stretch the floor and beat opponents off the dribble. Simmons is 6-foot-10, yet can lead the fastbreak with rare speed and vision to find his teammates with crisp passes.

The mobility for their size is almost unmatched and it has not been easy for the Wizards to answer. In their last meeting earlier this month, Simmons had 15 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. Embiid had 27 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. The Wizards have to try to limit those guys while also dealing with other challenges like Robert Covington, Dario Saric and J.J. Reddick.


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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

Instead of visiting the White House when they come to Washington this week to play the Wizards, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors plan to hold an event with D.C.-area kids.

Their invitation was rescinded by president Donald Trump following a back-and-forth between the two sides last year. After the Warriors won the title, they openly questioned whether they should follow the tradition given many of the players and coaches disagree with his policies. Trump took the opportunity away before they came to a final decision.


The Warriors' event will be closed off to the media and held at an undisclosed location. It is set for Tuesday, the day before they play the Wizards at Capital One Arena. The Warriors had the option of holding a ceremony with other politicians in the Democratic party, but decided that would send the wrong message. 

"It's their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it's up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans," coach Steve Kerr said. "I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they're doing."

The Warriors are the first NBA team to make this choice since Trump was elected president. Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers held their celebration with president Barack Obama in November. They did so just days after Trump was elected and LeBron James questioned at the time whether he would visit the White House with Trump in office.


Sports teams visiting the White House goes back to the mid-1800s. The first World Series title team to visit was the 1924 Washington Senators. By the 1960s, NBA teams were going and by the 1980s NFL and NHL teams made it a tradition.

Entire teams snubbing the White House is unusual, but many players have turned down the opportunity. In the NBA, some famous cases include Larry Bird in 1984 and Michael Jordan in 1991, according to Rolling Stone.

Perhaps the Warriors start a trend, or maybe it will be a one-off thing. Regardless, the alternative they chose is a respectable one.